Jackson’s pole vault earns her spot at state meet
By Joe Naiman
Ramona High School senior Courtney Jackson will conclude her high school track and field career with the CIF state meet Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
The athletes with the top three performances in each event at the CIF San Diego Section finals May 31 at Mt. Carmel High School qualified for the state meet. Jackson’s distance of 11 feet, 7 inches in the girls pole vault was second overall and first among Division II girls.
“She’s been working really hard for that all year,” said head coach Sherri Edwards.
Last year, when Ramona was in Division I, Jackson cleared 11-3 at the section finals to place third overall and second among Division I vaulters. That was also a personal record for Jackson, who had not cleared higher than 11-1 this year prior to the section finals.
“She just needed to hold on to the pole longer and turn,” Edwards said.
Rancho Bernardo High School senior Augusta Thomason cleared 12-1 for first place overall. Jackson missed her attempts at that distance.
“She almost made it,” Edwards said.
The top nine Division I finishers and the top nine Division II finishers in each event at the CIF preliminaries May 24 advanced to the finals; the top nine for Division I and Division II combined advanced to the “A” race or field event flight while the other nine qualified for the “B” event.
Holly Stallman ran the 100-yard dash in the A race and the 200-yard dash in the B competition and had the top Division II time in both events while setting school records.
A back injury prevented Stallman from competing in any running events between an April 24 dual meet and the May 19 league meet, but the sophomore still finished fourth overall in the 100-yard dash with a time of 12.11 seconds.
“She looked really good. After being injured, she’s fully back and running,” said Edwards.
Fourth place overall was one position away from a lane in the state meet, but the time lowered Stallman’s personal record and the Ramona school record from 12.25 seconds. Stallman had achieved that time April 19 at the Jaguar Invitational meet to break the school record of 12.44 seconds that she set at last year’s CIF meet when she was sixth among Division I runners.
Stallman’s time of 25.32 seconds in the 200-meter dash placed sixth overall, as well as first among Division II girls, and she won the B heat. Her previous school record of 25.56 seconds was set in the Jaguar Invitational and erased her school record of 25.71 seconds from the 2013 CIF section finals which was worth fifth place among Division I girls last year.
The points from the three first-place results helped Ramona girls place fourth as a team.
“I’m happy with that,” Edwards said of the fourth-place team finish.
Both of Ramona’s relay teams also qualified for the finals and were fifth among Division II schools. The 4×100 quartet of Courtney Ford, Morgan Wilson, Hannah Farhat and Stallman posted a time of 50.47 seconds while the 4×400 squad of Tuesday Christopher, Anna Sundrud, Teresa Leon and Katherine Lorentz completed its race in 4:11.52.
The top six finishers in each division received medals.
“Everybody who went on the girls team medaled,” Edwards said.
Two of the three Ramona boys’ entries medaled. Junior Max Edwards was in the 1,600-meter B race and finished fifth among Division II runners with a personal record of 4:24.10.
Sophomore Connor Anderson had qualified for the A discus throw flight, but his distance of 138-1 in the finals fell short of his 142-9 in the preliminaries and he was fifth among Division II throwers.
Kevin Carmona, Dylan Shields, Max Edwards and Austin Minnocci completed the 4×400 relay in 3:32.59, which was not fast enough for a medal.
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